Well ya gotta hand it to Harry. Now that he has 60 votes and can no longer use his patented, whining motto of “We Don’t Have The Votes” as an excuse to be THE WORST LEADER EVER…He has come up with a new strategy for failing the American People.
We don’t have a Bill.
Wait, let me rephrase that.
Harry Reid to President Obama: “Sorry to stab you in the back on your signature issue, Mr President, but I am SO incompetent at “leading” the Senate that I cant even get a Bill out of Committee.”
“So hey, I am just going to give up….again… and go on a nice vacation.”
“Sure,” Harry says, “I know that in the three weeks that I am basking in the sun the following things will happen:
* 143,250 people will lose their health insurance coverage
* 53,507 people will file for bankruptcy because they can’t pay their medical bills
* 1,265 people will die because they lack coverage
But hey! What can I do about it? Just because it is MY JOB to make sure things actually, ya know, GET DONE in the Senate, what am I supposed to do….twist Baucus’s arm or something?”
“So sorry, Mr President,” Harry whines, “but you are screwed.”
“Yes, yes I know, Mr. President,” Harry grovels, since grovelling seems to be the only form of address ‘Fighting’ Harry Reid knows, “you promised the American people that this would get done. I know you have spent all of your political capital on this issue, I know you have pissed off our base by shunting DOMA, DADT, and Torture to the back burners to get this done. I KNOW I am handing the Republicans a huge victory on a silver platter and doing the only possible thing that could lead to a Republican resurgence….”
“Yes, Mr. President, I know what Inhofe said:”
“If he is unsuccessful – which I anticipate and will predict he is – on getting a vote prior to the August recess, then I would say there’s no way in the world they’re going to get this done this year,” said Inhofe. “And next year would not be any easier.”
“But what am I supposed to do about it???”
“I am just the guy whose job it is to make the Senate run for the American People, if the Republicans want to kill Health Care, kill your presidency, kill more Americans than died on 9/11, by taking a vacation……who am I to stop them???”
“You should really be talking to Baucus, Mr. President, he is being mean to me!”
“Yes Mr. President, this is Max.”
“Whoa now hold on there Mr. President! I know I promised and promised to have a Bill done before we went on vacation! But I have other things to consider beside the American People, your Presidency, letting the Republicans kill Health Care and become a force in politics again by handing them a victory on a silver platter! I have my constituents to consider!”
In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by the Montana Democrat and his political action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical supply firms, health service companies and other health professionals.
These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.
Baucus, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, which is drafting a major health care reform bill this month, insists that this cascade of money is not unduly influencing his work.
“Mr. President, if I can make my constituents happy by just by stalling and stalling and stalling and then taking a vacation, I am MORE than willing to stab you and the American People in the back!”
“So screw you and the American People, Mr. President, what do I care as long as I get paid. AND get a nice Vacation!”
This is YOUR government at work. These are YOUR Democrats stabbing YOUR President …and YOU…in the back. All to serve the special interests, The Ruling Class who have bought YOUR government out from under you. And are using YOUR own government to screw you, and screw President Obama.
It is, apparently, not just the Republicans who want Obama to fail, who want to “break” Obama. Apparently Reid and Baucus are happy to play along, to play RIGHT into their hands.
This is THE time. If you want Health Care Reform, if you want President Obama to succeed, if you want the Republicans to stay in the wilderness and not build them a road back to power….
If you want financial reform, if you want equal rights for the LGBT community, if you want action on torture, if you want to end the wars, if you want to save the planet….if you want action on any of these or any other issues…
WE HAVE TO WIN THIS FIRST.
That is the RealPolitik of the day, like it or not.
THIS is the time. THIS is the battle we have to win. We have to MAKE this their Waterloo.
Go to slinkerwink’s diary: Tell Congress Health Reform Comes First Before Vacation! and make the phone calls and send the E-mails and dammit…..YELL LOUDER to take our government back.
Only YOU can do it.